How I Plan + Schedule My YouTube Videos


If you want your YouTube channel to be taken seriously, then you have to be just as serious about it. Posting new videos every once in a while will get you nowhere. The REAL way to grow your channel is by being consistent. To stay consistent you have to get organized.

I filmed a video all about how I plan out my YouTube videos and the new schedule I created for myself. Since doing this I have doubled my views and increased my following.

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Lighting + Filming Equipment You Need To Film Beauty Videos on YouTube


The title of this blog post is something that I’ve actually googled and searched for on YouTube myself. When I started my YouTube channel I felt completely lost. I didn’t know what items to start with and which ones I could save some money on.

We all start off in the same position — no clue as to what direction to go in. This video is filled with advice and options you can take when working on your YouTube channel. Do you plan on filming beauty videos? Then you need to watch this video:

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How To Really Make Money On YouTube

One of the most rewarding things in life is being able to do something you love for a living. I started my YouTube channel as an extension of my blog. I wanted to be able to create makeup tutorials and share video content that I was limited to from a written blog. Fast forward a few years later and blogging is now my full-time job.

I love helping other girls pursue their digital dreams. I get an endless amount of questions via email, social media and on my channel from girls seeking advice on the topic of blogging. I decided to create a YouTube series on my channel to answer all of those questions and allow that information to permanently remain on my channel.

One of the most popular questions I get is – how do you make money on YouTube? It’s such a loaded question and something you just can’t answer with just a sentence. The truth is that you have options when it comes to making money on YouTube and in order to do this full-time you’ll need to utilize several of those options. In this video I’m going through all the different ways you can make money on YouTube and make this your full-time job too.

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How To Start A Blog In 5 Steps

Since the start of this year I have been getting tons of questions on how to start a blog. There are quite a few steps you need to take in order to start a blog and I’m not always able to go in-depth with every single person who asks me, ‘How do I start a blog?’. Instead I’ve created this 5-step guide that you can easily save to your desktop or phone. Click here to download the quick guide and start blogging today.




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My YouTube Filming Setup – Lighting + Equipment

Yesterday I went live on Periscope (@melissaflores) to give you a behind the scenes look at my filming setup. Periscope is a pretty cool app. If you don’t have it on your iPhone I suggest you download it now. With Periscope you can watch live broadcasts, unfiltered, and conduct broadcasts of your own. I love the way you can connect with people all over the world and most importantly that I get to chat with you guys LIVE!

But, enough about Periscope, today’s post is about filming setup for your YouTube channel. Having the right lighting and equipment can really determine the quality of your videos. I’m always searching for ways to make my videos even better. The setup that I have today has drastically changed the quality of my videos. As promised here are links to everything I use:



2 Soft BoxesLimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Lighting Kit — This set brings two soft boxes and two 85W bulbs.

Ring Light– Diva Ring Light ‘Nebula’ LED Ring Light — For the price listed you’re only getting the actual ring light without the stand for it — I purchased a separate tripod listed below. This is currently the latest ring light model on that website. Instead of an actual bulb, it has LED lights. I love this so much better because the LED lights don’t produce heat. I also love this model because you can control the brightness level.


filming equipment


Record YouTube Videos– Canon70D — That is the exact bundle I purchased with the 18-55mm lens. Amazon offers other bundles for you to choose from.

Record Vlogs + Photos– Sony a5100 — You can purchase it on Amazon or BestBuy. The pricing is always changing. Sometimes it’s cheaper on Amazon or vice versa. When I purchased the camera it was cheaper at BestBuy at that moment so that’s where I got mine from. Camera is available in black and white (I have the black one).

TripodsRavelli Light Weight Aluminum Tripod — I have 2 of these tripods. When I film one is used to mount the camera and the other has the ring light attached.


editing software


Computer– iMac — Personally I recommend an apple computer because I love the editing capabilities. Before getting an iMac I used to edit on my MacBook Pro.

Editing Software– Final Cut Pro — I’ve been editing all of my videos on Final Cut for the past year. It’s a similar setup to iMovie so if you’re switching over from that it won’t be too difficult to pick up Final Cut Pro. Final Cut is pricey, about $300, but Apple allows you to download a free 30-day trial. I suggest getting the trial on the exact day you plan on editing so you can use it as much as possible and figure out if you want to pay for the software after the 30 days are up. iMovie is also great and FREE when you have an Apple computer. You can learn how to use both of the editing softwares by watching tutorials on YouTube.

Microphone– Blue Snowball Microphone — For voiceover recording I use this microphone. At the moment I don’t use any external mics while I’m recording regular YouTube videos.

Before purchasing anything, I always recommend doing your research and looking up other places to get the best deal possible. All of these items are pretty pricey, but I’ve invested in them in order to create the best videos possible. I hope this post was helpful for anyone who has a channel of their own. Continue to invest in yourself and your channel.

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